Kimmy Bloemers Announces Resignation
June 9, 2017
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After 11 years leading the softball team at Palm Beach Atlantic, head coach Kimmy Bloemers has announced her resignation from the post. Bloemers leaves the Sailfish after over 300 wins and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
“I admire and respect Coach Bloemers for her commitment to our softball program, athletic department and university,” said Carolyn Stone, Palm Beach Atlantic Director of Athletics. “Kimmy built this program and worked through enormous challenges along the way. Balancing family and career is always difficult, but Kimmy poured her heart into our program and modeled Christian family life to our students. She will be greatly missed and we wish her much success and happiness in this next season of her life.”
Bloemers – along with her husband, Kyle, and two daughters – will relocate out of the area following a recent job promotion for her husband.
“I want to thank the Lord first for giving me constant direction and strength throughout my time at PBA,” said Bloemers. “I want to thank former Sailfish Athletic Director, Bob White for encouraging me to take the position as head softball coach 11 years ago. I also want to thank current Athletic Director, Carolyn Stone for supporting me along the way. I have worked with many great staff members and fellow coaches, and have met so many incredible players and parents that have touched my heart.”
During her time at PBA, Bloemers amassed a record of 337-225 while guiding the ‘Fish to the NCAA South Region Tournament in both 2010 and 2014. The 2010 trip was the first in program history where the team advanced to the championship game. She also captured the 2009 NCCAA National Championship while being named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year.
“I am grateful for each one of my players and recruits that have come through the PBA Softball program,” Bloemers continued. “I have been blessed by the experiences we have had and the memories we have made together both on and off the field. We have achieved a lot of program and Division II milestones along the way, and I am so proud to be a part of the Sailfish Softball history. My goal, as a coach, has always been to continue to bring in high caliber players and quality people. We have come a long way as a program, and I feel confident that I am leaving this team built for future success.”
Bloemers has coached three NCAA All-Americans (Ashley Jones, Lindsey Johnson and Maggie West) and one CoSIDA Academic All-American (Amber Johnson) in her tenure. The Sailfish have had 13 all-region selections during the Bloemers era as well as six CoSIDA Academic All-District selections.
“I have invested both my heart and soul into this program, and my only hope is that I have encouraged my athletes to grow in their faith, succeed in the classroom, and truly love the game of softball. In return, I have experienced the joys of seeing my players get married, have children, succeed in their careers and find happiness in life. I consider this the most rewarding aspect of having been a coach.”
She took over a program that was 8-39 the year before she arrived and turned it around, winning 22 games in her first season. Since that point she’s led the Sailfish to 30 wins in eight seasons while finishing above .500 ten times.
“Although this was a very tough decision, I am excited about the promotion my husband, Kyle, has earned with his company. This will allow me more time to spend with our family, including our two daughters, Alyse (7) and Haley (4). We will always be a part of the PBA family, and will forever cheer on the Sailfish!”
A West Palm Beach native, Bloemers graduated from Florida State University where she had a standout career with the Seminoles. She is the daughter of MLB Hall of famer Gary Carter. The duo were able to coach alongside each other as Gary led the baseball team at PBA for two years before he passed away from brain cancer in 2012.
A national search for the next head coach will begin immediately.
Palm Beach Atlantic is a provisional member of the Sunshine State Conference with anticipated full membership in time for the 2017-18 academic year. The Sailfish play at Simpson Field which opened during the 2015 season. The field is located at the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus which also the 13-court Mitch Gornto Tennis Center, J.M. "Jake" Rubin Park (baseball), Sailfish soccer/lacrosse field, three practice fields, a secondary softball field and the John and Shelia Rinker Sports Center which will be opened later this summer.